ACUTE CARE SURGERY FELLOWSHIP
The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is offered through the University of San Francisco Fresno, department of General Surgery Program. This is a two-year approved AAST, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship based at Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Fresno.
Rotations: (includes those needed for ABS Added Qualifications in Critical Care)
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Pediatric Critical Care Unit (Children Hospital Central California)
Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is the only Level I Trauma Center serving California’s Central Valley with a population of 2 million. CRMC is 1 of only 13 Level I Trauma Centers in the state of California. The trauma service is very active, admitting more than 4,800 trauma patients per year (80% blunt, 20% penetrating), one of the busiest in California with approximately 20% of these requiring ICU admission. CRMC is a 650 bed facility and also contains the regions only comprehensive burns center as well as 66 ICU beds.
Children’s Hospital Central California (CHCC) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit cares for more than 1,000 children and their families each year. The unit is one of the largest in the country based on bed capacity the severity adjusted mortality rate Children’s PICU is ranked in the best 10% in the country.
The goal of the Fellowship is to enhance skills in the management of critically ill and injured patients. For the patient with traumatic injury, management begins with initial evaluation and resuscitation and operative management and continues until discharge. The Fellow is involved in comprehensive critical care management issues, such as multidisciplinary committees and protocol development.
Although the clinical care and didactic instruction are the backbone of this experience, the Fellow concurrently participates in research and administrative activities. The Fellow is expected to take advantage of the wealth of clinical and trauma registry data available for clinical research. Facilities and opportunities for laboratory investigations are also available. In addition, the ACS Fellow is specifically involved in graduate (housestaff) and undergraduate (medical student) medical education. It is anticipated that this fellowship experience will result in a well-rounded surgeon who has the tools for leadership positions in Acute Care Surgery and who has learned to function in an intensive care unit (ICU), providing quality and effective care. The fellow will attend the American Association for the Surgery Trauma annual meeting and is expected to complete a research project of their choice that can be presented/published by the end of their fellowship training.
Stephen Hafertepen, MD
Shaina Schaetzel, MD
The fellowship has strong Faculty support with 9 surgery faculty members board-certified in surgical critical care.
James W. Davis, MD, FACS, Program Director
Margaret M. Wolfe, MD, FACS, Surgery Program Director
Amy Kwok, MD, FACS
Krista L. Kaups, MD, FACS, Surgical Critical Care/Trauma Program Director
John F. Bilello, MD, FACS
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Program Director- James Davis, MD
Web address: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/surgery/acute_care.html
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program web address: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu
The University does not sponsor H-1B visas. Please contact individual programs regarding their policy on sponsoring H-1B visas.
California Medical License-
The State of California requires that graduates of schools outside the U.S. or Canada obtain a “Postgraduate Training Authorization” letter authorizing residency training in California. The letter is valid for entry into a training program for one year. The expected start date for residency training must be before the letter expires (one year from issue date).